A Collection of the Statutes of the Parliament of England in Force in the State of North-Carolina
Newbern, N.C: From the Editor's Press, 1792. Quarto. xxvi, 424, pp. including errata and subscribers list.
Bound to style in three-quarter calf and marbled boards, spine gilt with leather label. Contemporary ownership inscriptions on titlepage, text somewhat trimmed, costing some of the ownership inscriptions, tanned, light foxing, tape repair and marginal loss to p.161.
An important legal reference for the early laws of the state, this collection prints all the British laws in force in North Carolina ten years after the end of the Revolution. Most of the penal and many of the civil laws in the state were based on Parliamentary statute and British custom, and Martin, who produced many contemporary volumes on the laws of North Carolina, goes all the way back to the era of the Magna Carta. He includes an extensive table of contents and index. There were fewer than two hundred original subscribers to the work, and it was likely not printed in a quantity much larger than the original demand.
Evans 24627; McMurtrie 180; Sabin 44870.